Understanding the Convoluted Nature of Good & Evil in Dreamwork’s Megamind

A lot of very simple, yet important lessons are mixed into children movies. In this blog post, I wanted to spend time writing on one of my favorite movies called Megamind for the purpose of demonstrating the convoluted relationship between good and evil, and how what is good and what is evil can be impossible to really understand based on the nature of subjective change and perception.

The movie begins with a super cute blue baby named Megamind who is set in a spacecraft to Earth where he is raised by prisoners and grows up to become a supervillian who terrorizes the city of Metropolis which is defended by his good-guy nemesis: Metro Man. One day, Megamind defeats Metro Man and then becomes bored since there is no one left to fight. So Megamind creates a new superhero named Titan, who instead of using his powers for good, sets out to destroy the world. Megamind then must become the good guy to fight against his own creation to save the world. In the end of the movie, he becomes the superhero.

The moral of the story is that in a blink of an eye, evil can become good and good can become evil, but it all relies upon the subjective intent of an individual and how his or her action’s can be perceived from other’s point of views.

My absolutely favorite part in the movie is when Megamind discovers that Metroman faked his own death when he realized he did have a choice – and he chooses to be a musician.

In the end, Megamind and Metroman both represent larger than life characters who are not so much black and white (as normal fairytales can often portray), but a combination of both spectrums (black and white are technically not colors) but more of grey.

Interesting enough, grey is considered an intermediate color…meaning literally that it is a color without color, but also one that compliments other colors (apparently the English spell color as colour so I changed it, but otherwise received the definition of grey from Wikipedia).


Updated at 8:45pm on January 9, 2016: I want it to be noted as well that this trailer is met to symbolize not so much the distinction between Metroman and Megamind, but the power of choice of what is right verses wrong and the knowledge that opposing forces will balance each other just as the North and South Pole.

In short, I don’t believe in all good or all bad – all evil Narcissist or true spiritual empath – we all fall somewhere in between. God and Satan represent the differing extremes in polarities, but we are a combination of both with our actions being held accountable in the end by one’s heart.

1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God.

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